Acupuncture Research on the Rise

August 1, 2011

The Philadelphia Inquirer

A Philadelphia Inquirer article explores controversies over the use of complementary and alternative therapies, focusing on growing research aimed at determining the best uses for acupuncture. Neal Nathanson, MD, associate dean for Global Health Programs, and Jun Mao, MD, MSCE, an assistant professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and director of Integrative Medicine, are quoted in the article. Nathanson noted that while some alternative medicine techniques, like acupuncture, are backed by ongoing research, others like aromatherapy are less grounded in science. Jun is about to begin a three-year, NIH-funded study exploring whether acupuncture can help breast-cancer survivors tolerate drugs that can cause severe joint pain. "Our goal is to manage their symptoms so they can stay on the drugs," Mao said... Read More

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